Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 5/3 Back Zip Wetsuit - 2012/2013

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Rip Curl's Dawn Patrol 5/3 Back Zip Wetsuit.  Finally the Dawn Patrol is available in a 5mm wetsuit!  For the surfer who wants a quality wetsuit from the leading brand, incorporating some high end features, at an economical price, look no further.  The Dawn Patrol boasts a complete redesign with additional features giving it the fit and feel of a high end suit at a great price.  The suit is now 100% SuperStretch utilizing an E3 and Freeflex combination.  We have also added Flash Lining to the chest and a Batwing to provide minimal water entry through the back zip.


Thickness: 5/3mm

Neoprene: E3 Neoprene

Seams: GBS(Glued and Blind Stitched)

Zipper: Back Zip

Hood: None

Model Year: 2012/2013

Manufactures Part Number: WSUXFM


Product Features

E3 NEOPRENE - The third generation of Elastomax Superstretch Neoprene. Lighter, Warmer, and More Flexible.

BATWING SYSTEM - The Batwing provides a barrier from water entry and cold water flushes.

FIRESKIN LINING - (On Chest Panel)New and improved! Now thinner and lighter, but still the warmest available.

MESH SKIN - Smooth mesh panels that assort solar heat and reduce wind chill. 

BLUE STEEL SEALED ZIP - Water resistant, steel head zipper with engineered overlapping teeth and a urethane coating.

STITCHLESS UNDERARMS - For unrestricted flexibility and maximum movement.

ULTRALITE - Exceptionally Durrable and Warm Neoprene with a Soft hand feel.

STRESS POINT TAPED - Tape is added to the key stress points and junctions to increase strength and durability.

GBS SEAMS - Glued and Blind Stitched

STASH POCKET - External zip pocket with key loop. 



Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 5/3 Back Zip Wetsuit - 2012/2013 Extremely warmReview by Tom Tom
I took this suit out in 38 degree water for a 2 hour session and it kept me warm the whole time. I actually had to take an extended rest because I was getting a bit too warm, which I much prefer to being cold. The flash dry lining keeps you nice and toasty. I have been way colder in the water on summer days than I was in this wetsuit in February surfing in the Mid-Atlantic. I'm really glad Cleanline Surf reviewed this wetsuit and sells it for such a great price.
(Posted on 2/14/2013) 2013-02-14
Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 5/3 Back Zip Wetsuit - 2012/2013 Best Bang for Buck WetsuitReview by The Cleanline Crew The Cleanline Crew
This year, for the first time Rip Curl has released their entry level Dawn Patrol Wetsuit in a 5/3mm back zip fullsuit. What makes this suit so exciting is the amount of 5mm neoprene in the suit. Unlike many suits the 5mm neoprene extends throughout the entire leg section where flexibility is not as important, along with on the chest panel. In the arms is where the 3mm neoprene comes in, making the suit as flexible as possible with the E3 Neoprene. Being a Rip Curl wetsuit the neoprene is also cut a bit thicker than other 5mm suits making it that much warmer. To top it all off the 5/3mm Dawn Patrol comes with Flash Dry Lining in the chest panel, adding warmth, and allowing the suit to dry that much faster. Being made to the quality standards of Rip Curl, and the fact that this suit is backed by their excellent warranty makes this suit or top pick for cold water wetsuits under $200.
(Posted on 9/26/2012) 2012-09-26

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  • 3 year warranty on all stitching for wetsuits
  • 12 month warranty on materials for wetsuits
  • Wetsuit Accessories (such as boots, gloves, hoods) carry a 3-month warranty from date of purchase


  • Damage caused by anything other than defects in materials or workmanship.
  • Use in commercial, rental, teaching or instructional programs or activities.
  • Damage caused by extended or excessive exposure to sunlight, improper handling or storage, or failure to follow instruction provided with this product.
  • This product when classified as being 2nd hand or it is being sold as a 2nd (it is being sold as a product with existing defects).
  • Normal wear and tear, including scratches and fading.
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